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SM Adam volume 11/152


[25] Design for the ceiling for the saloon (now the library), 1767, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a deep cove and a tripartite central flat, divided by bands of fret, and a central circular compartment containing enclosed rosettes, encircled by anthemia, and urns on pedestals connected by festoons, and within a circular frame of cable moulding, and with oval medallions and rinceaux in the corners of the central compartment. In the outer compartments are enclosed rosettes within squares, flanking rectangular panels containing charioteers. The cove is ornamented with urns on pedestals connected by festoons, enclosed rosettes, enclosed anthemia, and peltoid shields


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Cieling for the Saloon at Gawthorpe House. The Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esquire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (621 x 447)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Stillman, 1966, pp. 85, 100
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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